LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday, January 31

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the basics of Gard sports news in a few details.

Nimes Olympia

Beginners in confusion. From the Nîmes winter transfer window, this 2023 trophy will be fruitful. Whether these recruits will be successful remains to be seen. In any case, the management of Nîmes has been active in attracting six players, including two players who have signed long-term contracts. Others only come for six months. Thus, the crocodiles are particularly strengthened in midfield with the arrivals of Joseph Lopy and Guessouma Fofana as defensive midfielders and Mehdi Zerkane as an attacking midfielder. A two-and-a-half-year contract was signed with the former “Bordeaux”. On the wing, Nîmes can now rely on Steve Ambri and Lys Mousset at the front of the attack. Finally, on defense, Scotty Sadzoute, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, was replaced by Sanasi Sy, who signed a two-and-a-half-year contract. Rumors will say that he’s just an uncompetitive player, but it’s hard to poach key players from other teams in this era. Six arrivals and four departures (Ueda, Omarsson, Benrahou and Fomba), Nîmes are therefore ready to fight for maintenance. Only Joseph Lopi will be back at Guingamp this evening.

Ronny Labonne returns to the Nîmes group • Photo: Yannick Pons

We get almost the same. With a 3-2 win over Chamois Niortais at Stade Antonins on Saturday, the Crocodiles gave themselves a bit of a lift in the competition. Even if NO were relegated, this success motivated the Nimes squad not to break the group. There is just one change to the 18-man squad for tonight’s game at Guingamp with youngster Ryan Nasraoui coming off the bench on Saturday and Ronny Labonne returning after missing the matches against Le Havre. and Niort due to an injury against Metz. However, the former Lorient player should still come up short and it will probably be Kelyan Guessoum who starts at right-back. Poulain, Sadzoute and Doucouré are still injured and apart from Lopi, the recruits are currently unqualified or in poor condition.

Likely Nîmes starts 11th : Maraval – Guessoum, De Gevigney, Djiga, Burner – Lopy, N’Guessan – Said, Pagis, Benezet – Tchokounté. Substitutes: Dias, Vargas, Labonne, Thomasen, Delpech, Boudache and Koné.


Benjamin Gallego is negotiating a contract extension • Photo: USAM

The bet of youth. Also in the news at USAM is recruitment. But for the Nîmes hand club, we are already planning the next season. The key information is the one-year extension of captain Julien Rebichon. As for the other players who are out of contract next June, Tom Poyet is extending it for three seasons. On the other hand, nothing is recorded for Benjamin Gallego. “We are in the process of thinking”, David Tebib said he knows the 34-year-old center already has other offers, including a two-year deal. For the 2023/2024 season, USAM’s strategy is to keep some senior staff, but above all to make room for youth by recruiting two copies: Egyptian right-back Mohab Said (19 years old, until 2025) and French left-back defender. Reyhan Zuzo (17, 2026). The Usamist club also relies on the training center with a future first professional contract for Guéric Vincent (2026) and a verbal contract for Lou Derisbourg (2027). Damien Giberno’s extension until 2027 is under discussion. At the end of the season, Ahmed Hesham will leave the club and be transferred to Montpellier. Mohammad Sana is also in demand, the player should meet with the management soon.


Nimes beat Savoyards • Photo: Nimes Hockey Club

Short victory. Crocos defeated Hockey Club de Savoie 5-4 on behalf of Day 17 of Division 3. It was a tense meeting with 515 spectators at the municipal ice rink in Nimes. Things started badly for Gardois, who lost the first third period 0-3. In the second half, Nims completely overwhelmed the Savoyards with a score of 4-1. Everything was possible and the score did not change in the last part. With this fifth win of the season, Crocos moved up to 3rd place in Pool C, one point behind second (Nice) but 16 behind leaders Lyon. Next meeting for NHC, February 11 trip to Briançon reserve.

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